Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 134057
sudden swap storm forces me to reboot
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:10:10 EST
Description of problem:
Three times this month (twice this week) I have had to reboot this
uniprocessor AMD Duron because the machine will quite suddenly (within
the space of a minute or two) go into a swap frenzy. When this
happens, no progress is observed at all. I can't switch virtual
consoles. I can't log in remotely.
Alt-SysRq-E (to SIGTERM all tasks) eventually stops it, but at that
point nothing will display on the screen and sshd is also dead, so I
have to reboot anyway.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Don't know how to reproduce it, but it happens enough to be really
This just happened *again*. This time I was burning a CD using
cdrecord and suddenly the machine became completely unresponsive. The
disk was in constant use.
It has happened before while burning a CD. Perhaps it's related to
that? (It's also happened when I'm not doing that.)
hmm audio cd by chance ???
This just happened again, but I was not burning a CD at all. Two
local users logged in, Mozilla, Firefox, Evolution and GIMP were all
that was running.
Happened again with even lighter load. This time I was running
2.6.8-1.521 (latest FC2 kernel) to try to avoid the problem.
I'll try 2.6.8-1.590.
FWIW, I haven't seen this again yet with 2.6.8-1.590.
Still haven't seen this again. I only switched from 1.590 (to 1.603)
today. Looks like this might be fixed?
Pretty sure this is fixed now.